McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced: “Yesterday, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) confirmed that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced. Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open to low acuity visits until April 30, 2019, and the hospital will maintain 10-15 inpatient beds to support emergency services. I thank the DCHA as well as the D.C. Department of Health and State Health Planning and Development Agency for their work on this effort. I also want to thank everyone who fought to prevent the hasty December closure and in favor of a transition that prioritizes the health care needs of…
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McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon passage of the Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Temporary Amendment Act of 2018:   “Everywhere I go in Ward 5 and across D.C., I talk to residents concerned about the proposed closure of Providence Hospital and equitable access to healthcare in the District. St. Louis-based Ascension Health is the owner of Providence Hospital and its mission statement states “We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.” I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the neighbors, patients, and employees of Providence Hospital who only ask that Ascension Health live up to its promise to be “compassionate and just.” Going back over a year, people who value Providence Hospital have been in the position of reacting to Ascension…
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McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement after the first vote on the “Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018” [B22-0092]   "On October 2, the Council voted unanimously to support legislation that provides clarity for participants in homesharing, protects the District's housing stock, and preserves the integrity of neighborhoods for residents across the District. My work on this legislation, the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018, began over a year and a half ago. My goals were simple: to create a clear regulatory framework for District residents to participate in homesharing and address a glaring gap in the law that led to increased pressure on our housing market, abuse by commercial operators, and significant health and safety concerns raised by members of the…
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McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018” [B22-0913]:   “Over the course of my career, I have worked to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable residents and I do not take the decision to repeal Initiative 77 lightly. Our work at the Council is often quite challenging, requiring members to consider all sides of an issue to make informed decisions. In my role as Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, I must weigh the concerns of residents and businesses and must carefully evaluate how policy affects our city’s workforce and overall economic growth. My decision to support repeal of Initiative 77 is informed by conversations with…
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McDuffie statement on the passing of Lillian Huff

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement upon the passing of Lillian Huff:   “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Lillian Huff. Through her many roles in the District of Columbia, she helped to establish political institutions that continue to impact our discourse today. She was a civil rights advocate who opened doors for African Americans and women, while also advancing the cause of self-determination for the District of Columbia on a national stage. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Huff was Chair of the first D.C. Statehood Constitutional Convention; she was one of the founders and founding President of the D.C. Federation of Democratic Women; she twice served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention; she played…
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McDuffie Statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services

McDuffie Statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services:   “I am deeply alarmed by Providence Hospital's recent announcement to cease all of its acute care services by the end of this year. Many Ward 5 residents rely on Providence Hospital for medical services. This impending closure further underscores how important it is for our city to understand and provide for the health needs of its residents. As a result of the closure of the maternity ward at both Providence Hospital, as well as United Medical Center, I funded in the fiscal year 2019 budget a study of OBGYN services for Wards 5, 7, and 8, and the greater eastern portion of the District to help identify and…
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Councilmember McDuffie Statement regarding Initiative 77

Councilmember McDuffie Statement regarding Initiative 77

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement regarding Initiative 77:   "As a former civil rights attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I have worked to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Given my experience, I do not take any potential legislative action on Initiative 77 lightly. Overwhelmingly, when speaking directly with tipped workers, I have heard their concerns that Initiative 77 would cause more harm than good. Further, the minimum wage for District workers is already accelerating toward $15/hour, based on a 2016 law passed by the Council and which I proudly supported. This minimum wage applies to tipped workers as well, because businesses are required by law to make up the difference if an employee does not earn…
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Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Funding for a Violence Intervention Initiative

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on gun violence of the past weekend, and a new violence intervention initiative:   "I am deeply saddened and upset by the senseless gun violence that has taken place across communities in the District over the weekend. Here we are, merely weeks before the school year ends, and the summer begins, and we are dealing with 11 people shot and four killed including 24-year-old Anthony Clark, who was shot and killed in Langston Terrance on Memorial Day. This is outrageous, and as a native Washingtonian, husband, father, brother, friend, and Councilmember, I can no longer accept the violence that has gripped our city as an everyday fact of life. Yesterday, I met with residents from across the city…
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Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

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    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement on the D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program:   "I recognize that our small and local businesses are the foundation of our growing city and play a crucial part in providing jobs for our residents. We cannot afford to have our government fail our citizens and local businesses. Connecting small and local businesses, particularly our Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), to access to capital is one of my top priorities. While today’s article in the Washington Business Journal is deeply troubling, I remain committed to working with the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) to increase access to capital for our businesses. As Chair of the Committee on Business…
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Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King:   "Today, we remember the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was tragically ended fifty years ago while helping organize sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. While memorialized for his dream, we must also pause to remember Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to racial equality, social justice, and economic inclusion. We must remember his commitment to the ideals of opportunity and social advancement—that only when our normal routines are disrupted do we really begin to fully understand societal issues. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address, Dr. King stated, “there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of…
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